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The certification is a way for you to personally demonstrate that you manage your yard to be wildlife-friendly. When you move the certification for your yard ends, but you can recertify at your new location! The certification is not a legal document like a deed or an easement. The certification is a tool for you to look at simple changes that you can make in your own yard to create a beautiful and healthy space for you and the birds, bees, and butterflies that visit you there.
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The Town of Farragut is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to:
1. Promote the NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat Program to our community in order to educate citizens about easy ways they can support wildlife, specifically birds, bees, bats and butterflies in their own outdoor spaces, and
2. Work towards national recognition as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
Farragut is one of the best places to live in the region and, as a result, has been undergoing continuous growth for many years. Through the Community Wildlife Habitat program, the Town will work with its citizens to conserve and protect its environment while creating more well-connected habitats allowing wildlife like birds, bees, and butterflies to continue to thrive.
The Community Wildlife Habitat certification program has been running successfully for more than 40 years, with more than 100 communities certified nationwide. The certification will put Farragut’s name on the national map alongside other communities who have shown a commitment to creating and nurturing natural habitat.
The Farragut Wonderful Wildlife program is a community initiative largely dependent upon the participation and involvement of its residents for success. For Farragut to become a Community Wildlife Habitat it needs to meet a certain threshold in terms of minimum number of homes, schools and common areas that get the certification. As a resident you can do multiple things to contribute:
1. Register your own backyard or outdoor space for certification
2. Spread the word! Talk to and encourage your extended family, friends, neighbors, neighborhood schools etc. to sign-up for and participate in the program. Invite friends to take a tour of your backyard habitat once you get certified.
3. Get involved, participate and volunteer in environmental outreach programs that the Town organizes.
The cost to certify a yard or garden is $20. Schoolyards certify for FREE. The fee can be paid online when you fill in your application.
The fee helps NWF increase declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife nationwide! Additional benefits include:
1. A personalized certificate once your habitat is certified.
2. 10 percent off NWF catalog merchandise, such as a yard sign proudly declaring your yard as a certified Wildlife Habitat.
3. One full-year’s membership to NWF and a one-year subscription to its National Wildlife magazine.
NWF sells signs online. Please visit the online store to purchase your sign.
Whether participating in this program or not, one can always see snakes and other wildlife in Tennessee backyards. Participants in this program are typically satisfied with seeing an increase in birds, and insect pollinators, like bees and butterflies, in their yards and do not see increases in dangerous wildlife. Certainly, we ask that you use caution if you see an animal in your yard or space that is unfamiliar to you, and move a safe distance away.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division provides quality enforcement pertaining to public safety, animal control, and animal welfare. For all animal control calls 215-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, due to privacy concerns, we are unable to share any names. We would encourage you to talk to others in your neighborhood and local community groups.
You can still take part in the certification program. If you have a porch or a balcony you can use that to create a wildlife habitat. You will use the same application as people with backyards to apply for the certification. You may also want to consider participating by encouraging others to get certified. Consider talking to your neighborhood school or an official who takes care of the park/playground/common area in your neighborhood about becoming a certified habitat.